Hey Friends! Thanks for joining us for this week’s challenge and thanks so much to Laura for sharing her space with us here for the summer. I hope you’re getting some well deserved rest and relaxation in without worrying about a weekly commitment for a while.
I’m happy to meet all of you lovely Diva followers out there in blog land. I really love to visit all of the links when I’m able to complete the challenge myself. I’ve been drawing Zentangle art for about two years now and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in June, 2014 (CZT14!). The thing I love most about drawing Zentangle art (at this moment, it changes constantly) is how I’m able to focus on drawing the patterns and let the final product just kind of appear. I rarely begin with an end in mind.
So for my challenge today, I decided I needed to focus on color. I know Laura did this just a few weeks ago for Pride week but that’s ok. There will always be some of us out here who are sticking close to our black and white basics. As a matter of fact, if you take a look at my Instagram feed or my blog, you’ll see that black and white is my staple. In fact, I hardly ever use color. Since this is a challenge for me, I decided to make it my challenge for all of you, too.
Being a huge fan of the beauty of limits, I chose to limit myself to red, white, and blue for my colors, since this article was expected to post so close to Independence Day in the US. While using all of the colors of the rainbow is awesome, perhaps for your personal challenge, you could limit yourself to just 2-3 colors, and see what happens. Maybe two colors you don’t normally use, or two you don’t think will look great together, and see if you can let your drawing change your mind.
Since I was using colors I wasn’t used to, I went back to the beginning with tangle patterns that I would teach in a beginning class. I wanted to use patterns that were very familiar to me in order to highlight the experience of the color and not focus too much on the difficulty of any pattern.
I used micron pens, a white gel pen, and pastel pencils. I’ve never used pastel pencils on my tiles so that was an interesting experience, as well. I would say they’re not great for shading but more for highlighting particular areas. They also will smudge and smear, so be sure to seal your tile if necessary.
Thanks again to Laura for sharing her space and to all of you for following along so faithfully. This Zentangle family truly is a wonderful thing. If you’re interested you can find me on my blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I’m excited to see how you all do with colors this week. I’ll be sure to visit each and every link this week! Can’t wait to see!
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)